Saturday, May 17, 2014

What is Real Astrology?

Astrology is all about the Earth's relationship with the planets and all of the heavenly bodies above and how their movement and 'interactions' affect us and the environment here on earth. Each planet symbolizes a certain force or energy as do each of the 12 zodiac signs, They are constellations, which are 12 bodies or groups of stars that surround the Earth. They are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Your Astrological Chart:
Your astrological chart is like a photograph of the universe at the exact time of your birth. Everything in the sky both above and below the horizon is thought to effect the individual born 'below'. Most astrologers deal primarily with the sun, the moon, the planets, and the constellations (or groups of stars) their position in the sky - their relationship to each other and their positioning or angles to you. Some astrologers when compiling an astrological chart will include the fixed stars and some still may even include the asteroids too! No two astrological charts will ever be identical. Your own personal astrological chart or any other astrological chart ever 'drawn' is as unique as your finger prints.
Your Star Sign:
When people refer to their 'sign' they are (know it or not) referring to which of the 12 constellations or groups of stars that surround the earth that that the sun was transiting (moving through) at the exact time of their birth.
Real Astrology:
What you might call 'real' astrology goes far beyond your sun sign or the horoscopes that are so prevalent in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Such horoscopes are far too generalized and fanciful to be of any real use to anybody and most have reached a point of pure titillation with perhaps some 'real' or even useful astrological facts in amongst the pseudo-astro banter. Though usually written by real astrologers "horoscopes" in general do real astrology a grave in-justice as most horoscopes (but not all) are now written purely for the large sums of money that the mass media is prepared to pay for these now entertainment only star signs'.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Bothering Issues With Astrology

It is indeed a strange thing that we believe in Astrology for ages and yet it is subject to challenges by the so-called 'scientific-minded' and 'rationalists'. Hypocrisy, on the part of my astrologer friends is the root cause of this state of affairs. Very often we come across articles in print media and programmes on TV channels criticizing Astrology for its 'non-scientific' notions. However, it is sad that the same news papers or the TV channels do not stop astrological columns and shows. If we allege astrologers for exploiting people's sentiments; the media also cannot spare themselves from the blemish of playing with controversial issues for the lure of increasing number of readers or viewers.
I have been a student of Hindu Astrology for many years, at least more than 27 years. During my experiments, I studied different schools of Astrology. However, my logical mind could never fully convince on certain aspects and precepts of the subject. I don't claim to be an authority on the subject and it is quite possible that my efforts have not been sufficient to reach up to perfection. In the wake of increasing level of scientific education, I feel that there are challenges before astrologers. Here are a few of them. I am of the opinion that we should have bodies to look into these issues and resolve them so that dignity of the subject can be enhanced. Healthy discussion on following points are welcome:
(1) If we believe that fate, 'Prarabdha' is a sum total of un-rewarded Karma, the horoscope being an indicator of our Karma balance-sheet should show the status of such 'unrewarded' karma at the time of our birth. Let us assume that a native seek astrological guidance at his age of 25-30 years. At this point of time, let us assume; the astrologer suggests some remedies to mitigate the bad influence of Rahu in the horoscope. The native, accepting the recommendation, performs the remedies. Now, let us assume that the same native seeks astrological guidance again at his age of say, 40 years. Here, the questions arise:-
(1.a) What way an astrologer can know about the portion of 'unrewarded' karma availed after his birth and before the time his chart is examined for guidance?
(1.b) What about the rewards of the karma performed after the birth till the time of horoscope examination. There must be some karma that would fructify during this life span itself. Do astrologers have any system to accommodate the influence of the karma performed during this life?
(1.c) How can an astrologer determine whether the bad influence of a planet has been resolved through remedies prior to examining the chart?
(1.d) Does the horoscope get modified upon performance of such remedies?
(2) There are other issues related with ambiguity of our belief in the theory of Karma and Astrological Remedies. 'As you sow, so shall you reap' and that there's no exception. No one can escape from the fruits. A person has to suffer for bad karma and has to avail benefits of his good karma. No adjustments are permitted. No one can claim discount from suffering against his outstanding rewards of the good karma. So, putting together of 'theory of karma and astrological remedies' seems illogical. If we believe in efficacy of theory of Karma, we cannot believe in efficacy of Remedies..!
(2.a) How can we believe in Astrological Remedies if we believe theory of Karma?
(2.b) How can the results of bad past karma be removed by mere performing some funny remedies?
(3) There are further issues related with theory of probability and astrological predictions. We know the concepts of permutations and combinations. If the order doesn't matter, it is a Combination. If the order does matter it is a Permutation.
Now, if we apply this to horoscope interpretation; we have following results -
(3.a) In a horoscope, we have 12 houses and 9 planets. The results will be - 108 possibilities (12x9)
(3.b) We have 12 different signs. So the possibilities would be - 1296 (108x12)
(3.c) We have 27 Nakshtras. So the possibilities would be - 34,992 (1296 x 27)
Don't forget, this is yet limited to 'Lagna Kundli' alone. Think of the possibilities where we consider 'Rashi Kundli' and 'Hora Kundli' and all those Shadvarga Kundlies. Thus, there are innumerable combinations between different sets of horoscope elements and it is indeed very easy to formulate astrological factors being responsible for any event. Post-event justification of any happenings through astrological formulas would be quite easy. However, it is not so easy to predict an event with the same set of formulas. The same result would not be seen in other horoscopes having the same planetary combinations. If we assess this situation honestly; we have to admit that beyond astrological factors, there has to be other factors responsible for an event to occur.
On the one hand, I have personally witnessed the Nadi astrologers disclosing the names and other basic details about the natives so accurately. On the other hand, there are many fallacies practised in the name of astrology. I have worked tirelessly on many astrological methods and formulas and yet to be honest, not able to endorse even a single formula to correctly know:
(3.d) whether the gender of the native is male or female
(3.e) whether the native is alive.

On my path to self-actualization, I developed interest in Vedic Astrology. It is more than 27 years now, I have been sincerely indulging in analyzing various dimensions of Astrology. I try to co-relate and synchronize the ancient astrological principles to the needs and format of the current society.
Besides Astrology, I have also laid my hands on various occult and mystic subjects. My interest has thus spread to other subjects like Palmistry, Tarot, Psychic Readings, Reiki, Face Reading, Astral Projection etc.
'Helping People to Help Themselves' has been the guiding force for me in all my endeavors.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Western Astrology - How to Find an Expert Astrologer

In this short article I will describe how to find an astrologer using the internet. If you search you will see that there are thousands of astrologers offering their services. Not all of them can meet your needs. You have to find one that you will know is the right person. This of course, depends on your feelings and instinct.
When you are looking for an astrologer you must first decide what type of astrologer you would like to find. There are experts in western astrology, Chinese or Indian astrologers etc. Depending on your style choose the type of astrology system that you feel it affects you the most.
Then visit a major search engine. Let's say you are looking for a Chinese astrologer. Enter the term "Find Chinese astrologer". If you look for an expert in western astrology then just enter the term "Find astrologer".
When you search using the method above you will encounter two types of website. First of all the major astrology directories. There you can search for astrologers by last name, by location, by specialty etc. You will also find information regarding astrology conferences (see next paragraph). The other type of website are personal websites that belong to individuals who offer astrology services. Sometimes when you choose a freelance astrologer you will encounter more determination from their side to please you. Be careful who you trust though.
A different approach in finding an astrologer would be to attend international or local astrology conferences. First get involved by searching where the conferences are held (online search for "astrology conferences" or a term related to your city or town), then attend them if you can and maybe you will be lucky enough to meet the astrologer that will make the difference for you.
If you are not willing to trust someone you don't know then you can look for a local astrologer. Look for local yellow pages, read newspapers and magazines. There must be someone out there who can be trusted and who can do the work for you. It is better when someone from your city or town gives you their advice or create a horoscope analysis. You feel you are somehow "connected" with them.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moon Void-of-Course

The Moon is in Capricorn at the moment, and oft-times, that means the instinct to climb mountains (get things done) is strong.

And yet, the Moon is Void-of-Course, and that means it's not forming any aspects (angles) to other planets. It's an astrological phenomenon that happens about 13 times a month, and is very subtle, if felt at all.

With it, may come a drifty, floaty feeling, or the urge to come at something from an intuitive angle. The last angle was a square to Mars (Libra), which is in retrograde. So a possible current is weighing options, considering alternative pathways, or the need to take someone else into account.

The mood of the particular Moon Void-of-Course is said to be colored by that last angle made, so here, the one to Mars. It could temporarily mean a delay, or a sense of slowness. That's on top of the Moon being in its waning phase, too. The Void-of-Course ends when the Moon goes into Aquarius (6:39 pm Eastern).

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Neptune Ate My "To-Do" List

It's been a real wordless Friday, so here's an image of the day. The Moon is in its balsamic phase -- the Dark Moon -- and that's a phase of swirling the drain. And the Moon is in Pisces, the sign with the loosest hold on reality.

Pisces and its ruler Neptune inspire mighty powers of surrendering. And that's also a power move during the Dark of the Moon. There are aspects today to the Moon that hint at miracles, when there's a letting go...

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aries New Moon is Day One

I'll be in my garden today, pulling weeds -- the Sun is out here on Sunday and I want to be out-of-doors! And by happy accident, it's in sync with the rhythm of lunar gardening -- a powerful day to plant seeds is the New Moon, when the Moon moves into fertile Taurus on April 1st.

In the meantime, the Aries energy, with the Aries New Moon (today- March 30th), is physically vitalizing -- much can be worked out, in motion.

The luminaries (Sun and Moon) are at 10 Aries, making angles to the same planets involved in April's grand cross (around April 20-23rd). That makes this Day One, in a lunation/month of anticipated birthing-the-new drama. Here's my take, with more to come: April's Astrology & the Cardinal Grand Cross.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sun into Aries, Vernal Equinox

In Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, Luke encounters Yoda, who explains "The Force" that's all around to make an ally. Luke says, "All right, I'll give it a try." Yoda replies, "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."

That could be an Aries saying. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, one of big action and big energy. The Sun goes into Aries today, which also marks the first day of Spring -- the Vernal Equinox.

Aries season is the atmosphere for growth spurts, right along with nature. And yet, Aries' ruler Mars is retrograde now, and in the opposite sign Libra. The Ram without subtlety or sense of timing can come up against resistance or worse -- no reaction at all.

There are a lot of cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) energies in play, so actions can get a strong reaction. Where is Aries in your birth chart? That's the life sphere where you come alive, when facing fears and doing it anyway.

Like the young German Christoph Rehage who walked 3,000 miles across China -- documented here in time-lapse images, The Longest Way. He was driven to do it, and he did. That's the spirit of The Fool in the Tarot, and Aries. Happy Spring!

Read also: Twelve Tips for when the Sun is in Aries.

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